$110 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Nov 24, 2014 Check-out: Nov 25, 2014

Congress Hall

4 stars
251 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204
Best In Stay
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
38 reviews
An awesome getaway

Just stayed overnight, but well worth it. Every aspect felt charming and welcoming, even at the... See full review

  • mithrndir
  • Oct 10, 2014
gorgeous hotel

this hotel was gorgeous and I had a very relaxing stay. everything was clean and in good shape. i... See full review

  • Traveler876
  • Oct 26, 2013
A grand hotel as historic and timeless as Cape May itself

The name Congress Hall is synonymous with Cape May. Built in 1816, the stately, cheerful yellow facade and tailored landscape wow passersby with charm and sophistication. Set in the Cape May historic district, Congress Hall overlooks the ocean and is steps from the wide, sandy beach. The L-shaped hotel design, a local architectural tradition, affords fantastic water views from many rooms. The amenity list alone exudes elegance and calm, from twice-daily housekeeping and an ocean-themed spa to beach set-up service and seaside yoga on the lawn.

Highlights
  • Across the street from Cape May Beach in the heart of the historic district
  • Swimming pool, private beach cabana rentals and food service at the pool and beach
  • Full-service Sea Spa and fitness center
  • On-site restaurant, nightclub and cocktail lounge with live piano jazz entertainment
  • Gracious service in a grand, historic setting
Rooms

Consistent with the warmth and beauty of Congress Hall, the 108 recently renovated guest rooms and five luxury suites envelop guests in upscale cottage decor and, often, an ocean view. Vintage-style soaking tubs with Aveda brand toiletries, rocking chairs on a private balcony and cushioned window seats are thoughtful touches in some rooms. Pull on a terry robe and get comfy in front of a flat-screen TV with DVD player and pay-per-view movies. Sink into a bed with 100% cotton Belgian sheets and order room service. Here at Congress Hall, pastel painted rooms invite decadence and relaxation.

Features

For almost two centuries, the four-star Congress Hall has welcomed locals and visitors with warm hospitality. What began as a boarding house in 1816, was renamed when the hotel owner was elected to Congress in 1828. Today, Congress Hall pulls out all the modern stops and leaves guests feeling like they never want to go home. Enjoy valet parking, room service and shops in the lobby. For parents who dream of a romantic dinner or night out for two, Camp Congress Hall engages youngsters with art-inspired activities on select evenings in July and August.

Transportation
  • Atlantic City International Airport (46 mi/ 74 km)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (99.1 mi/ 139.5 km)
  • The Cape May trolley runs a route through town late June through early September
Attractions
  • Cape May Beach (across the street)
  • Downtown historic Cape May (across the street)
  • Cape May Stage (0.5 mi/ 0.8 km)
  • Cape May Lighthouse (2.9 mi/ 4.7 km)
  • Historic Cold Spring Village (3.9 mi/ 6.3 km)
  • Wildwood beach and Boardwalk (10.8 mi/ 17.4 km)
  • Cape May County Zoo (15 mi/ 24.1 km)
  • Cape May County Historical Museum (14.2 mi/ 22.9 km)
  • Historic Smithville (48.7 mi/ 78.4 km)
  • Atlantic City beach and Boardwalk (48.3 mi/ 77.7 km)
Business
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet access in rooms
  • Executive conferencing and multiple meeting rooms
  • Banqueting facilities for up to 250

Hotel Map

38.9309 -74.9237
Area served
NYC-New York City, WWD- Cape May
Nearby airports
ACY- Atlantic City International Airport, (ACY), 47.00, MI, S; PHL- Philadelphia International Airport, (PHL), 90.00, MI, SE;
Area description
Downtown

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Congress Hall Rooms

King Ocean View
King Ocean View is a spacious room which offers a deluxe bathroom featuring Aveda products. Enjoy views of the great lawn & ocean from your room.
Queen Ocean View
Queen Ocean View offers a deluxe bathroom featuring Aveda products. Enjoy views of the great lawn & ocean from your room.
Two Bed Ocean View
Two Bed Ocean View is a spacious room which offers a deluxe bathroom featuring Aveda products. Enjoy views of the great lawn & ocean from your room.
Queen Annex View
Queen Annex View overlooks an adjacent part of our hotel. Rooms offer deluxe bathrooms featuring Aveda products.
Two Bed Annex View
Two Bed Annex View overlooks an adjacent part of our hotel. Rooms offer deluxe bathrooms featuring Aveda products.
King Town View
King Town View is a spacious room which offers a deluxe bathroom featuring Aveda products. Enjoy quaint views of victorian Cape May.
Queen Town View
Queen Town View offers a deluxe bathroom featuring Aveda products. Enjoy quaint views of victorian Cape May.
Two Bed Town View
Two Bed Town View is a spacious room which offers a deluxe bathroom featuring Aveda products. Enjoy quaint views of victorian Cape May.
King Ocean View Balcony
King Ocean View Balcony is a spacious room which offers a deluxe bathroom featuring Aveda products. Enjoy views of the great lawn & ocean from the rocking chair on your balcony.

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Heated pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Elevators
Activities
Heated pool
Fitness center or spa
Golf
Tennis
Fishing
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Coffee shop
Room service
Meal plan
Services
24 hour front desk
Maid service
Concierge desk
ATM/Cash machine
Security
Wake-up service
FAX
Gift shop
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Valet parking
Room
DVD player
Television with cable
Radio
Safe
Phone with speaker
Telephone
AM/FM alarm clock
Mini bar
Hairdryer in room
Turndown service
Temperature control
Iron
Ironing board
Sprinklers in rooms

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (38)

Ratings and reviews for Congress Hall

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
6 out of 38
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.2
Room comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.2

83% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Brooklyn, NY
Aug 23, 2010

Central Location

This is a beautiful hotel, right in the middle of Cape May. The price reflects the convenience.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Sweet On Dallas
Business
Brooklyn, New York
Dec 30, 2013

perfect timing!

Quite festive and beautifully decorated for the holiday. The Blue Pig restaurant was amazing and the room was great though we had a handicapped room, shower only, so water traveled onto middle of bath. great location, most shops were still open and in true form, what makes Cape May always a special experience. We have found our winter holiday get away for next year.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

The Blue Pig was great.

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Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Drive Mom
Business
Pearl River, NY
May 16, 2013

Comfortable walk back in time

Quick trip but plan to come back when we have more time

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
brooklyn
Aug 3, 2010

cape may

great stay!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

all are good

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Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Eldersburg, MD
May 24, 2010

"Consistently Exceptional Service"

Cape May was far better than expected. It is a clean, beautiful town that is worth getting away to. The hotel, Congress Hall, is very expensive but it is worth it. There are weddings going on all the time there which is nice but you feel a bit underdressed all the time. Even the beach attendants were fabulous!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Congress Hall

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Nescopeck, PA
Jul 10, 2010

Wonderful family experience!

While this was by far the best trip to Cape May we've ever enjoyed, it would've been nice to have a free breakfast or at least deeply discounted meals at the hotel. When you pay over $800 for 2 nights, free coffee doesn't cut it. The service was great- everyone was friendly and professional. The rooms were clean, which was very important since we had our 9 month old crawling around in the room. The beach/pool services were also wonderful with small children, making the walk to the beach much easier on us. The pool was a hit with our 4 year old. She liked that as much as the beach! It was very clean and the staff very friendly. We would definately stay again. Hopefully the prices will drop a bit in the upcomong year.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Pack your own breakfast foods and snacks in a cooler since there is only a small, filled mini bar in the room. Take advantage of the free 12 oz. coffee

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